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Jonathan R. Pletcher, MD

Job Title Clinical Director, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Job Title Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
3420 Fifth Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412-692-6677 Phone
412-692-8584 Fax

Education and Training

Medical School:

1994 University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pa.


1997 The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa.


2000 The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa.


  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Society for Adolescent Medicine, Mid-Atlantic Chapter   

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics
  • American Board of Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine
  • Drug Enforcement Agency


  • 2001-2006 Faculty Teaching Honor Roll, Top 5% of faculty evaluations by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Residents
  • 2000 Career Development Award, Society for Adolescent Medicine
  • 1997 Penn Pearls Teaching Award, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • 1997 The Nancy Elizabeth Barnhart Award for Community Health Improvement, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • 1994 William Seiber, MD Medical Student Award in Pediatric Surgery, University of Pittsburgh
  • 1990 Gina Fizzi memorial summer research fellowship, Lupus Foundation of America


  • Audrain-McGovern J, Stevens S, Murray P, Kinsman S, Zuckoff A, Pletcher J, Moss D, Baumritter A, Kalkhuis-Beam S, Carlson E, Rodriguez D, Wileyto E. The efficacy of motivational interviewing versus brief advice for adolescent smoking behavior change. Pediatrics, 2011;128;e101; originally published online June 20, 2011.
  • Kalkhuis-Beam S, Stevens S, Baumritter A, Carlson C, Pletcher JR, Rodriguez D, Audrain-McGovern J. Participant and study related characteristics predicting treatment adherence and study retention in an adolescent smoking cessation trial. Journal of Adolescent Health, May 2011.
  • Perella D, Fiks AG, Jumaan A, Robinson D, Gargiullo, P, Pletcher JR, Forke CM, Schmid, DS, Renwick M, Mankodi F, MPH1, Watson B, Spain CV. Validity of Reported Varicella History as a Marker for Varicella-Zoster Virus Immunity Among Unvaccinated Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults in the Post-Vaccine-Licensure Era. Pediatrics, 2009; 123(5).

Biography Summary

Dr. Pletcher is a pediatrician who specializes in Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. He is a clinician and clinical educator whose practice focuses on youth with special health, emotional, learning, or social needs. As the clinical director for the Division of Adolescent Medicine, he is able to develop and implement clinical models that respond to the needs of youth as they transition to adult roles and responsibilities. He is actively involved in medical education at all levels, from medical students to residents and fellows. Dr. Pletcher has participated in research studies that include a multi-site randomized-control trial comparing youth-oriented tobacco cessation strategies, and outcomes studies regarding the experience of youth with chronic care needs as they prepare to transition to adult-oriented health care systems. Dr. Pletcher aims to leverage his clinical and research experience to advocate for improvements in health and social care systems, particularly to improve access and quality of services for youth with combined physical and behavioral health needs.

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